Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for constipation January 21 2014

Millions of people worldwide suffer from constipation, a condition characterized by a 
difficulty passing stools or the frequent passage of hard, dry stools. Ideally, a person will 
pass at least one stool a day, and in some cases, may go up to 3 times. Even occasional 
constipation can contribute to a whole host of other health problems, as waste held too long 
within the body can act as a “poison” if not expelled within a day or so. 
Peppermint essential oil (mentha arvensis) can be a powerful remedy in the treatment 
of constipation. It is thought to have the ability to relieve gastrointestinal problems by 
adapting the flow of calcium unto muscle cells in the intestines, which in turn regulates 
muscle contractions, particularly those in the colon. 
How to treat constipation using peppermint oil:Days Island Peppermint Essential Oil
In the morning, place 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in a glass of warm water or herbal tea. 
Drink slowly and allow the oil to absorb into the intestinal tract. This method can also be 
used to treat “acute” cases of constipation. 
Dilute 3 -5 drops of peppermint oil in 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as olive, coconut 
or jojoba). Massage this mixture on the lower abdomen. Peppermint oil can also be used in 
an undiluted form, though caution should be taken as it may cause a slight skin irritation. 
Place a drop on the stomach meridian pressure point (on the top of the foot, between the 
second and third toes). Repeat 2-3 times a day. 
Place a drop on additional pressure points including wrists, behind the ears, and between 
the thumb and index finger. 
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, 
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any 
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or 
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective 
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical 
community is there to help us when oils can't.